Both/And: Career Musings

The Universe Got Jokes (for My Career)

Source: Larkin & Larkin (I don’t know these people; I just like the pic.)

Suffice it to say, it’s been an interesting couple of months. I made a bunch of end-of-year investments in professional development training for my career switch, only to get an unexpected invite to interview for an AMAZING clinical position. When I say unexpected, I mean that my application had expired months before I got the call. And yes, I know I said I was leaving social work but the Universe got jokes. On the daily. So many jokes, in fact, that I am also currently in the middle of interviewing for a newly-created (read: still-in-development-and-I’d-get-to-lay-the-groundwork) Social Media Director position with a FANTASTIC startup.

Oh yeah, I also just managed to redesign my dissertation research plans & write a new proposal over the course of four days. (Okay, to be fair: I was able to reuse a bunch of my old proposal & much of the redesign was about stripping the project down but I’m still celebrating the feat.) And two days later, I was invited to learn more about a part-time clinical position which might end up a great supplement to the social media position, should that come through. We won’t talk about this weekend’s realization of how I can also generate income via [redacted to protect my intellectual property]. Multiple streams of income. I hear that’s where it’s at.

When I got the interview for the social work position, I shared my sentiments with friends. One of them asked me, “Why can’t you do both?” And yeah, I mean, obvs. But the further along I get, the more I realize how much everything really is sorting itself out. At this point, I have no idea how things are gonna go in any direction, but for once I’m not 10000% worried. It’s kind of an amazing place to be.

Friday, I was thinking about Derek Siver’s HELL YEAH! or no principle. (Tl;dr – if you can’t say “HELL YEAH!” to an opportunity, you owe it to yourself to say, “no.” And yes, capitalization matters here.) I realized I don’t have enough Hell Yeah!s in my life. I think having these (potential) options is the Universe’s way of making me think in terms of HELL YEAH! vs. no when it really counts. I think my HELL YEAH! will be some combination of opportunities that allows me the Both/And career trajectory that is clearly in my heart.

Changes Are Afoot: 2018 Site Updates

The past two years have been quite the whirlwind. That said, I have gained –and am still gaining– new perspective and motivation to move forward. That will be reflected via site updates throughout 2018 (you may have already noticed the new header). Since I’m making a return to social media, marketing, & graphic design, I need…

That Time I Ranted About Children on Social Media

I currently work as a content moderator for a social media platform.* In short, my job is to remove content (and users) that violates our terms of service. It is incredibly draining work. I may not technically be working as a social worker, but lemme tell you: I’m so glad that I have this MSW….

The Storyteller’s Irony: A Career Transition Journey

I got a letter from the State of California a couple of weeks ago. At first, I was worried that it was some new business tax I was gonna hafta pay. It was not. My heart dropped, nonetheless. The letter was notice that it’s coming up on time to renew my registration as an Associate Clinical…

Reinventing AMJ… #ReignyDayJobs #careerchanger #jobsearch

To Dare! To Imagine! To Do It!

ICYMI, I’m making a major career shift. speaking of job hunting, lemme try to get this cover letter done. it's hard reinventing your whole-ass career. — AMJones, ASW ♿️ (@AmandaMichelle) June 18, 2017 While much of this is due to the difficulties I’ve faced finding a job as a disabled clinical social worker, the rest of…

Birthdays Are Hard #WonderTwin36th

Today I turned 36. At 9:51am Eastern, to be exact. I couldn’t wind down last night so I was up until 5:30am. I awoke around 9am to watch a webinar, then went back to sleep until Dilla woke me up around 2pm. I remembered I needed to get to the post office, so I brushed…

AMJ Is Hustling for Rent (and Other Bills)

UPDATE: I have enough for rent now! THANK YOU to everyone who signal boosted and/or provided support. I’ llbe able to negotiate pay dates for my utilities based on income from my temp gig, so whew! Also: I forgot to include in the original: I’m also signing up for Upwork, a freelancing site recommended to…

AMJ’s Job Search Cover Letter #ReignyDayJobs #socialwork #jobchat

Greetings, Prospective Employer! My name is Amanda Michelle Jones and I am currently seeking a full-time clinical social work position in Los Angeles, CA as I pursue licensure as a clinical social worker (LCSW). I am a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (#70072) who focuses on addressing both individual and environmental/systemic factors that create the contexts in which consumers live….

#SocialWork Career Tips, FTW!

  So, there I was, doing my morning Twitter scrolling, when I came across Dorlee Michaeli’s post on career tips. As most of you know, I’m currently on the job market, since my PhD funding is no more.* I figured it’d be a great idea to read up on what folks are advising for new…

Crafting a Way Forward, Part 2: Help Get #AMJtoLA

Table of Professional Skills

So this is actually post 3 in an unintentional series of posts about my next life transition. It seems we have entered a season of expression for AMJ (hush up all the Gemini slander… but it IS our time right now, so…) Tl;dr – it’s time for me to leave Chicago. I need help finding…